Travel Alert: Haze Affects the Island of Palawan
Traveling to Palawan this week? Learn more about the haze in this article.
By Mathew S. Chan
October 28, 2015
The haze caused by the ongoing two month-long Indonesian forest fire has made its way to Palawan. Though there are no reported major problems, the change in the air is considerably noticeable. According to a report by ABS-CBNNews.com, airport operations are still regular, but a lot of tourists have noticed the haze because it impairs the view of several islands normally visible in El Nido. Take this as a fair warning that if you are traveling to Palawan this week, you may experience the haze.
In a separate report by Inquirer.net, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration representative Sonny Pajarilla mentions that the province’s abundance of trees and occasional rain showers helped dispense the smoke to a less threatening level compared to places in Visayas and Mindanao. This means you can keep enjoying your time on the islands without fear of harm from the haze.
The haze is a source of air pollution, and it can potentially cause “increased risks of respiratory tract infections and cardiac ailments,” according to the Department of Health (DOH). Should travelers be in an area with a high level of haze, the DOH advises them to stay indoors as much as possible, especially kids, elderly, and people who are already sick.
A report by MB.com states that the haze could also potentially reach Metro Manila if the forest fire continues, but like in Palawan, its level won’t be as high as in other areas.